Sowers Named to 2002 Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger
Freshmen All-American Team 6/6/02
left-hander Jeremy Sowers has been named to the 2002 Collegiate
Baseball/Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team. Sowers
was one of 18 starting pitchers and 70 players honored nationwide.
Sowers, a native of Louisville, Ky., and a product of Ballard
High School, led all Commodore pitchers this past season in
wins (six), ERA (4.37), innings pitched (101.0), strikeouts
(85) and pickoffs (12). He finished the year with a 6-5 record.
His 101.0 innings pitched set a single-season record for VU
freshmen hurlers while his 85 strikeouts were the third-most
by a VU freshman pitcher in school history. Eighty of the
104 hits he surrendered were singles. Sowers pitched seven
or more innings in 12 of 13 starts and registered a pair of
Among Southeastern Conference pitchers, Sowers ranked fourth
with 85 strikeouts while his 101.0 innings pitched ranked
seventh. His 12 pickoffs were a league high. Sowers finished
with a 4-5 record against the powerful SEC with a 5.52 ERA,
26 walks, 50 strikeouts and 91 hits in 75.0 innings of work.
Among his top performances was his collegiate debut in which
he scattered four hits, two walks and an earned run while
striking out 10 at Louisville on Feb. 24. The effort earned
him SEC Pitcher of the Week honors. He also struck out a season-high
12 against Iowa, March 2. His best league performance came
April 28 when he scattered seven hits and a walk while striking
out eight to post his first collegiate complete-game shutout
Vanderbilt finished the 2002 campaign 24-27 overall and 7-21
in the SEC.